Women In Defense Central Florida Chapter (WID CFL) hosted their Annual Scholarship Breakfast on April 27, 2017 to present two female students with $1,000 scholarships.  Both awardees demonstrated exceptional talent, ambition and goals for their future in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) field.

 WID CFL also had the honor of hosting UCF Woman’s Basketball Coach, Katie Abrahamson-Henderson, “Coach Abe” as the guest speaker for the event.  Coach Abe spoke about the importance of self-confidence, empowering other women, supporting growth, personal strength (physical and mental) and putting in the work to achieve our goals.  She often tells the young ladies on her team: “Be a girl with a mind, a lady with an attitude and a woman with class”. 

The two students who were awarded STEM scholarships at the breakfast are: 

  • Ms. Smith – a senior at Stranahan High School and is dual enrolled at Broward College and the University of Florida.  She has been accepted into University of South Florida – Computer Science Major.   She is involved in Kappa Mu Alpha, a STEM focused high school organization she helped establish, and in the Army Reserves.
  • Ms. Robinson – a PhD Candidate in Mathematics at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) and is working to complete her dissertation on Post-Quantum Cryptography.  She has been a graduate assistant, an intern at the Naval Warfare Center and an undergraduate mentor.  She is the current President of the FAU Association for Women in Mathematics Student Chapter.

Congratulations to the awardees on their achievements, and we look forward to seeing great things from them in the future!